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Kindred Spirits are production duo Jakhira aka and Cosmic Tracer, the guys are back on GM after their first release “Smooth Tricks EP” gained much support. This time we are treated to another two tracker entitled “Square 1 EP”.
This duo really know their stuff, the title track intros with some fantastic hypnotic tribal rhythms which build into a sublime slice of euphoric progressive house. The melodies combine beautifully and the subtle basses add a lush texture. On the break warm pads fade through while melodies creep back into play. The percussion and drum arrangements are top notch and make this track stand out well, superb stuff!
“The Circuit” gives off a retro vibe as the kicks and percussions will attest. The track focuses on the drums as they lock you in the groove, then on the break stunning melodic pads make a show alongside a wonderful droning synth and stark contrasts are drawn. A real sense of oldskool hardcore can be felt within the sound yet the vibe stays true to modern progressive house, great stuff.
Noa Romana and Deersky aka Piotr Sarnecki join forces on Green Martian for their debut two tracker “The Waterfall Reflection”. Belgian Noa draws his influences from electronic greats like Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Moroder and others. Aside from production he hosts radioshows on Pure FM and Insomnia FM. Polish producer Deersky first got into electronic music through listening to Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Underworld, Moby, Paul Oakenfold and The Prodigy. Since 2002 he has been heavily into progressive house and that’s what he loves most nowadays. The guys have worked together for over three years on various projects including radio, DJing and production, and they sure do work well together.
“The Waterfall Reflection” is an uplifting, feel good vibe. The intro sets that mood straight away with a cool plucky synth and mellow pad. The kicks add a great dynamic to this and the bass delivers a truly lush groove. Beautiful melodic sequences find their way through the sound with arps and the odd vocal snippet. Wonderfully rich track that will turn a lot of heads for sure.
“Dreaming Awake” is proper prog house stomper, the intro boasts a huge thumping kick which is contrasted by swirly synths and when the bass come through it adds a whole new dimension to the sound. Again the guys throw in stunning, complex melodies which are a joy to listen to and make this a track that you will listen over and over again and identify new things every time.
Jakub Gofjar aka Aamon debuts on Green Martian with “High Tide”. Jakub is an aspiring house producer and DJ from Slovakia. He’s been producing since he was 16 and recently he feels he has perfected his speciality, underground house music. He has seen releases on labels like MLP Music Label, Deep Nota, Let Me In Records and more.
The title track sets us off into a warm lush journey through cool progressive vibes. The low end on the bass sets up a late summer terraced scene to perfection with the addition of some beautiful guitar strumming. On the break subtle melodies play out with a very cool vocal sample before sliding back into a super smooth progressive groove, top notch stuff!
“Submarine” intros with a cool percussion selection that slowly builds up to a solid groove with its snappy kicks. The dense bass flourishes throughout the sound making it a prominent feature while superb FX add texture and extra depth. On the break sublime strings and subtle melodies take over and lead us into the final stages of a truly provoking progressive house cut.
Jakhira returns with another slab of fine house grooves on his “Miracle EP”. Based in Belgium, Jack’s last outing “Heartstrings” gained rave reviews, with much more to come we are excited for the future of this stunning talent.
The title track gets into full on house mode from the off, chunky rhythmic beats with classic house styled synths gets the ass shaking. The bass come through soon after and a brilliant vocal sample keeps the groove flowing. On the break gated pads break through unexpectedly and fill the sound with melody before crashing right back into a strong progressive groove.
“Natacha” takes on a very cool house persona with warm and lush chords sitting over a tight knit drum and percussion section. As the track progresses the layers continue to build with a superb deep bass coming through, the big hitter on this track has got to be the wonderful mixture of classic piano and bright synths on display. A monster groove that will be on a lot of playlists.
Ukranian DJ and producer Dennis Zypher debuts on Green Martian with the two tracker “Summer Memories”, a divine slice of blissful progressive house vibes. Dennis got into creating music on computers from a young age, he studied the ins and outs of electronic music compositions. He gained a lot of knowledge and by 2008 he was starting to DJ at various events and radio stations, since then he has produced quality cuts in various genres with support coming from across the world.
“Summer Memories” intros with sweet melodic sounds that lead to a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. The surreal FX add a cool contrast and create a sublime atmosphere. A deep and lush bassline comes through adding a true summer vibe and you could easily find yourself locked into this groove on any terrace party. Melodies play a big part in the track as it progresses giving us plenty to listen out for, top notch!
“Sweet Miami” gets right into a full on house groove, the intro sees quality stabs set the scene against a rhythmic drum and percussion section. The bassline takes on a very lush persona that will get any floor moving, melodies creep into the vibe brilliantly and again we are left with a top quality tune, perfect for those banging terrace evenings.
With a new release out on Green Martian in the beginning of this month, we took a couple of minutes to chat with David Hearn aka Blufeld!
Hi David, great to speak with you. How are you today?
B: Hello yes I’m great thanks
What sort of things do you like to do in your downtime?
B: Well I’m always looking really to work on the next loop or chord idea for my next production under one of my aliases, to which there are quite a few, just maybe lesser known than my main Blufeld project. I also enjoy various sporting activities.
How did you get into music production and who or what would be your biggest influences?
B: This could be a long answer but I’ll keep this one as simple as I can, 80’s electronic new romantic tunes, 90’s euro dance, which then led to my absolute love for trance which I really started to listen to closely from when I first heard System F “Out Of The Blue” on Judge Jules’ Radio One show back in 1999. Influences? there are many, but I would say the main few at the time which inspired me the most to produce were, M.I.K.E, Airwave, Plastic Angel and Quadran. Just a real combination of trance acts that were around at that time.
Your music is emotive and designed to provoke deep and thoughtful insight, how would you describe your own sound?
B: I would call it Deep & Emotive, with an ethereal lift. I think a lot of producers are pigeon-holed into a certain type of sound a lot, and I like to think I just create the music that I feel from deep inside on each and every production. It just so happens that I have a leaning to express myself in a progressive trance style of sound quite a lot.
We understand you have a new track out now which is a follow up to a track from your very first album, can you tell us more about that?
B: Yes this is a sequel track to my original single which came out on Bonzai Trance Progressive in 2009, it was well received and I felt it could do with a sequel. “Metrobot” is singular about a name I gave to my own imaginary robot. When I was a kid I used to be fascinated with them, so originally I wanted to bring this childhood fascination to life. The sequel single is entitled “Metrobot City”, basically it’s my finalising of my mind that “Metrobot” has to come from somewhere. I wanted to choose a completely new name for this, but at the same time I wanted people to totally recognise the fact that this is a sequel, so hence the title.
You have a very impressive back catalogue now with Bonzai, how did you first get signed to this label?
B: I had listened a lot to artists from Bonzai from way back in the late 90’s, as I used to buy white labels and vinyl from my local independent underground dance music shop. I still have those early vinyls from artists such as Airwave, Push, Blue Alphabet and Quadran to mention just a few. So when I had the right equipment and I had a track that I felt maybe good enough, I knew exactly where I wanted to send my first real demo. The very first tune that was signed to Bonzai was an EP called “Special” this featured two original tracks, “Special” and “Little Wonder” in early 2008.
There is a healthy demand for you to do remixes for other artists, what would be your favourite remix you have done?
B: Well I only ever agree to remix tunes that I feel I can add something to, I have had a fair few remix requests that’s true, but I always feel bad if I have to say no because it’s such a compliment to be asked in the first place. To be honest all the remixes I have done I have enjoyed, although remixing Quadran’s “Forgive Me” was a real delight and also the chance I had to remix Plastic Boy’s “Silver Bath” for a Bonzai remix competition in 2008 was also amazing. My remix went on to feature on a Cream compilation called “Cream Future Trance” in 2009, which was a great moment for me to see, this gave me a lot of encouragement to continue on my journey producing the best music I could.
Already you have three stunning studio albums in particular your latest “Thoughtscapes”, how do you get inspired to work on these and will there be a fourth anytime soon?
B: Thanks for the compliments. I only ever write music from the heart at that moment when I have an idea. Although I normally start with an overall theme or feel, I want to achieve from the album, as this helps me to focus on keeping it sounding like the tracks should be together as a final package. Although I think “Thoughtscapes” is the truest reflection of the journey of my life so far. This album was a concept album and was so easy for me to write as it was just a case of conveying my journey to sound and it felt so natural and fluid. I really haven’t given a fourth album much thought at this stage, although I never say never!!! I have a few projects forthcoming, and my albums have come out 2009, 2011,and 2013 respectively, so 2015? watch this space!!!?!!!?
Can you tell us a bit about what you are working on at the moment and maybe some upcoming projects?
B: Well I have actually had a little break lately from production, the “Thoughtscapes” album was a lot of work, and took a lot from me emotionally and was many countless evenings and nights of work to be honest. Although I have a few releases coming up including a couple of remixes, one for Philthy Chit and another for 06R, also a possible collab in the future with Manu Riga, working directly with him in his studio hopefully. And I have just started work on a new ‘Original’ so we will see how that goes.
Describe a day in the life of Blufeld?
B: I’ll keep this simple. Well I have a day job to earn my living, so I get up and start work for 9am and finish at 5.30pm so by the time I’m at home and showered etc, it’s gone 6 or 6.30pm. Then its food time, then a choice depending on the day, either see a friend or work in the studio. I keep a simple life.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be?
B: I would want to be climbing my favourite mountain called ‘Blencathra’ in glorious sunshine, with a sweeping and swirling breeze wrapping itself around me. It’s just so stunning and the beauty at the peak of the climb that surrounds you is just simply breathtaking, that it makes my heart flutter just digging back into my memories thinking about it.
Thanks so much for speaking with us David, take care.
B: Thanks very much for giving me this opportunity to have this interview with you, all the very best.
The ever impressive Blufeld returns with a follow up to his 2009 prog trancer “Metrobot”. This sequel entitled “Metrobot City” comes with two superb remixes and is sure to be a hit just like his 2009 track. Currently Blufeld is busy with remixes and original material with the possibility of a few collabs also, so watch this space!
The Original Mix intros with deep rising synths and subtle percussions, this leads up to a chunky kick which gets the groove flowing. Throughout the track the kicks transform into a type of mini breaks which adds a lot of character to the sound. Melodies play a big part here also with many variations combing beautifully and becoming prominent on the break. After the break the track gains a lot more momentum as the vibe intensifies, quality stuff!
First up on remix duties is an emphatic duo who are no strangers to the Bonzai stable. Castra & Sovve serve up a real summery treat on their remix. The guys have both featured many times across many of Bonzai’s different labels and both guys have also worked with Blufeld in the past. The remix takes on a much more upbeat vibe, the classic kick and hat intro blends nicely into a full on pumping track when the bass comes through. The delightful melodies soon follow and you really do get a sense of summer from the sound. On the break the melodies are king and these build up brilliantly to a perfect climax before settling back into a smooth blissed out ride.
Tokyo based producer 06R is next up on remix. Hisataka is fresh from his last release which was “Air 2.0″ on Green Martian and he always delivers the goods with his own brand of quality. Here his remix takes the breaks route with a very intense mixture of sounds. From the off a super tight breaks arrangement takes hold with many more layers being added throughout. The melodic sequences are top notch and blend so well with the tougher side of the breaks. A must have for those later evening terrace parties.
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Episode 9 of the Afterhour Trax compilation series featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Chantola, Gai Barone, Kintar, Matt G. & Booya, Relaunch, Kay-D, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Matias Chilano, Neon, Moshic, Monojoke, Anton Chernikov, Franbeats, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Matan Caspi, Rise And Fall, AquaDro, LoQuai, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, Yuriy From Russia, Frangellico, Midnight Star, Concealed Truth, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak and Rue Duo.
Kinga makes a debut release on GM with the fantastic “Nomad”, a true summer tune fit for any terraced evening. Kinga has seen releases on labels like P.S Records, Technique and Open Records.
The Original Mix is a light hearted take on progressive house with a summer vibe that invokes a sense of contentment with everything. The feel good factor is in full flow due to the very catchy synth hook and accompanying guitar, the synth work is top notch with filtering and modulation in all the right places. The bassline is just stunning, creating a pulsating rhythm. On the break the melodies take over before getting back to the groove, a must for any set.
Silkway steps up for remix duties. Silkway has worked with Kinga in the past with a remix on Kinga’s “Daydream” and it’s clear that this partnership works well. Silkway has also seen releases on P.S along with Stereofaza and System Recordings. The remix is a credit to the original with a cool summertime vibe flowing through the sound. Chunky kicks alongside soft hats and percussions, the bassline sits in the background waiting to pounce as it builds up the energy. The big focus here lies with the brilliant synth melodies which come to prominence on the break, another fine progressive house slice.